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Academy Town Square

Academy Town Square Series
Academy Town Square Series

The Academy Town Square series is designed to engage and provide relevant educational content to the public on environmental issues. Academy Town Squares focus on critical global issues in environmental science by featuring prominent thought leaders and their findings on water, climate change, evolution and biodiversity and extinction.

Academy Town Square: Science Writer Ed Yong in conversation with Maiken Scott
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30–8 p.m.

Science Writer Ed Yong in Conversation with Maiken Scott

$20 general admission, $15 students, Academy Members, WHYY Members
Advance online purchase required
Co-presented by The Pulse/WHYY and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The world is full of sounds, smells, sights and textures - but each creature experiences these riches in very different ways. Science journalist Ed Yong's latest book, "An Immense World," offers fascinating insights into the "sensory bubbles" of animals all around us. Elephants that scan for clues with their trunks, snakes that smell with their tongues, butterflies with ears on their wings or beetles that can sense fire... Yong invites us to see what is around us with new eyes.

He'll talk about his new book with Maiken Scott, host of WHYY's health and science show The Pulse. They will also discuss Ed's important coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic, which was followed by thousands of readers around the globe.

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Ed Yong is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer on the staff of The Atlantic, where he also won the George Polk Award for science reporting, among other honors. His first book, “I Contain Multitudes,” was a New York Times bestseller and won numerous awards. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times, Scientific American and more. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Liz Neeley, and their corgi, Typo.

Maiken Scott hosts WHYY’s The Pulse, a national health and science radio show and podcast that explores the people and places at the heart of health and science. Since its launch in December 2013, The Pulse has crafted a unique, “ground-level” approach to telling compelling stories and breaking down complicated issues.

WHYY is Greater Philadelphia's leading public media provider and PBS/NPR member station, serving southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and all of Delaware.


Past Academy Town Squares

Academy Town Square Presents: Flooding in Philadelphia's Eastwick Community

In this special Academy Town Square, residents of Eastwick will share their challenges as well as their determined spirit — describing the history of a remarkable community organizing effort and raising awareness of what we can do to support it.

Academy Town Square Presents: More Livable Communities in an Era of Climate Change

As we adapt to our changing climate, unexpected benefits may follow — especially for marginalized communities. Efforts to reduce heating and flooding bring more green spaces that are known to strengthen mental health and improve communities. Emergency preparedness efforts create more accessible areas for older and disabled members of the community. Join us to explore how these solutions to climate change provide an opportunity for equity to marginalized Black and Latino communities.

Views and opinions expressed by the speakers are solely their own and do not necessarily represent any associated institutions.

Academy Town Square Presents: Preparing for a Warmer, Wetter Philadelphia

Climate change is causing Philadelphia not only to heat up, but also to experience more frequent and intense flooding events. In this program we’ll explore how local communities are dealing with increasing temperatures exacerbated by the urban heat island effect; natural cycles of flooding; and how urbanization and climate change impact flooding risks in our city. But where there are challenges, there are people ready to step up and face them. Find out how, from community groups to city government, Philadelphians are making efforts to understand and mitigate the effects of a warmer, wetter Philadelphia.

Academy Town Square Presents: Gideon Mendel Drowning World

Gideon Mendel joined us for an Academy Town Square on May 6 to discuss his engagement with social issues as a photographer and artist, including the challenge of making climate change visible.